ClassicFlix will release short-lived detective drama 21 Beacon Street on DVD on June 27, 2023. The half-hour TV series ran for 13 episodes on NBC as a summer replacement from July to September 1959. You can pre-order the set for just $19.99 from the ClassicFlix website.
Here’s the official description:
Now available for the first time on DVD from ClassicFlix—the rarely seen TV crime drama 21 Beacon Street starring Dennis Morgan!
In the city of Boston, Dennis Chase (Morgan) is the go-to private investigator for law enforcement and citizens alike. With the help of his secretary Lola (Joanna Barnes, Spartacus) street-wise attorney Brian (Brian Kelly, Flipper TV show) and high-tech wiz Jim (James Maloney), Dennis keeps a close watch on law and order by devising clever methods to trap lawbreakers.
A summer replacement for NBC’s popular The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, and in some ways seen as a forerunner to the 1960s crime-action series Mission: Impossible (Beacon creators later sued M.I. producers for plagiarism), 21 Beacon Street was the first TV series produced by Filmways Pictures Corporation, which would later put out such fan favorites as The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and The Addams Family, among many others.
While former Warner Bros. leading man Dennis Morgan did make occasional guest appearances on television, 21 Beacon Street was his first, and only, shot to star in his own TV series. The 13 episodes in this complete collection include such familiar guest stars as DeForest Kelley, Jerry Paris, Whit Bissell, Anthony Caruso, Steve Brodie, Ted DeCorsia, Barney Phillips, Paul Bryar, Paul Dubov, Harry Bellaver, Henry Corden, Sally Fraser, John Hoyt, Myron Healey, Jean Willes, Alberto Morin, Paul Richards, Joan Taylor, Cyril Delevanti and Donna Douglas.
- Select episodes have an option to play original commercials
The upcoming release is the first in a new “Rare Television” line from ClassicFlix:
With countless rare and almost never seen classic TV shows unavailable, we’ve started a new line to focus exclusively on such properties and have several more lined up for 2023.
I’m curious to see what other TV shows ClassicFlix has planned for this new line of DVD releases.